Focus on youth at Arsenal

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Sky Sports’ Patrick Davison sat down with Per Mertesacker, Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Emile Smith Rowe, and Bukayo Saka to discuss the focus on youth at Arsenal

Sky Sports’ Patrick Davison sat down with Per Mertesacker, Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Emile Smith Rowe, and Bukayo Saka to discuss the focus on youth at Arsenal

Former Arsenal and Germany defender Per Mertesacker is only into the second year of his role as academy manager at the club, but the early signs are very encouraging.
With a promising crop of academy graduates rising through the ranks at the Emirates Stadium the Gunners have placed an emphasis on youth over experience this summer as they look to secure a route back into the Premier League’s top four and a place in the Champions League. Watford vs Arsenal September 15, 2019, 4:00pm Live on Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson have already impressed this season, while Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka are competing for a place in Unai Emery’s squad. James Olayinka and Tyreece John-Jules also impressed during pre-season for the Gunners and Eddie Nketiah, who is on loan at Leeds for the season, has scored three goals in his first five games for the Championship club. The future is looking bright at the Emirates Stadium. Per Mertesacker took over as Arsenal academy manager in the summer of 2017 “We are very excited about our new chapter,” Mertesacker told Sky Sports’ Patrick Davison.”There was a lot of change at this club, including me becoming academy manager, but the philosophy has never changed.”We believe in young players, who can represent Arsenal in the first team and for these guys to represent the Arsenal first team in such a capacity is a proud moment for us all.” 2:01 Charlie Nicholas says it’s great for Arsenal’s future that there’s a clear pathway for young players to progress to the first team

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